Wellness programs are on the decline, a new survey of employers by the Society for Human Resource Management finds. 

Although 92 percent of the nearly 3,5000 surveyed employers indicated they offered some type of wellness benefit, including things as simple as offering employees wellness information, only 61 percent provided a full-on wellness program. Last year, 70 percent offered programs. 

That drop is too big to be dismissed as a random statistical variation. Instead, it likely represents a growing skepticism among employers of the value of wellness programs to their bottom lines. After years of intense advocacy, there remains very little evidence that wellness programs produce a significant return on investment for employers, at least in dollars and cents. 

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